“This is an incredibly challenging time for the senior living industry and most importantly, for the residents and the team members on the front lines every day. At Argentum, we continue to carefully monitor and share updates from official sources at the federal and state levels that are reporting on the spread of COVID-19. We are working closely with federal agencies and our own state partners as we work to emphasize the need for priority for those who live and work at senior living communities across the country. This includes priority for testing, treatment, supplies, and staffing solutions.
“We also continue to urge Congress to consider ALL senior living communities when drafting forthcoming stimulus legislation. As an industry, we are facing a financial strain that left unaided, will significantly impact the nation’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and undermine the ability to provide long-term care services and supports to the nation’s seniors for years to come. Specifically, we are asking for sufficient financial resources to ensure communities can continue to operate, as well as tax incentives to engage in activities related to COVID-19 prevention and mitigation.
“It remains critical to note that professionally managed senior living providers have significant plans in place for emergency situations, and they follow infection control procedures and protocol every day to mitigate the spread of illness. Communities are taking significant steps to minimize risk to their residents and staff, including restricting visitors and reminding staff and visitors to stay home if they are feeling ill. In coordination with our partners and stakeholders, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have offered and continue to update a toolkit that providers and communities may refer to when seeking additional information or support.”
—James Balda, President & CEO, Argentum
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